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Columbus Ship Found after 500 Years
May 15, 2014

An archaeological investigation team has claimed that the ship that led Christopher Columbus’ mission to discover America has been found after 500 years, lying at the bottom of the sea off Haiti’s coast.

According to the leader of a recent reconnaissance mission to the site off Haiti’s north coast, all the geographical, underwater topography and archaeological evidence strongly suggests that this wreck is Columbus’ famous flagship, the Santa Maria.

If the claim is proved to be true, the recovery of the shipwreck more than five centuries after Columbus’s flagship, the Santa Maria, was wrecked in the Caribbean is likely to be one of the world’s most important underwater archaeological discoveries.

The Haitian Government has been extremely helpful and archaeologists now need to continue working with them to carry out a detailed archaeological excavation of the wreck. Tentatively identifying the wreck as the Santa Maria has been made possible by quite separate discoveries made by other archaeologists in 2003 suggesting the probable location of Columbus’ fort relatively nearby.

Armed with this new information about the location of the fort, the new team was able to use data in Columbus' diary to work out where the wreck should be. An expedition, mounted by this team a decade ago, had already found and photographed the wreck, but had not, at that stage, realised its probable identity.



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